Russian-Ukrainian war: Here’s why Crimean farmers mark the field with a ‘Z’ and a ‘V’

Amid the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, some farmers in Crimea are marking their fields with “Z” and “V”, Reuters news agency reported. The alphabets are essentially their way of showing support for Russia and its invasion of Ukraine, what Moscow calls a “special military operation”.

The report mentions that at the beginning of the harvest, they marked the letters “Z” and “V” on the wheat field. Each letter measures 100 meters by 100.

‘Z’, ‘V’ and ‘O’ commonly decorate Russian tanks and trucks taking part in the operation. These were often seen painted on military vehicles of the Russian armed forces involved in the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

Reports mention that the Z helps workgroups distinguish themselves from other forces.

As quoted by Reuters, combine driver Alexey Matis said he volunteered to mark the letters in the field because he liked the idea.

Farmer Nikolai Pyanykh said grain is currently a major global problem. He even said that the wheat from his field, which is marked, would be “even tastier”. Pyanykh said the letters “soaked up the sweat of farmworkers, combined drivers and truckers.”

This year, on February 24, Russia launched its “special military operation” in neighboring Ukraine. Moscow claimed that its armed forces were carrying out “demilitarization”, “denazification” and “liberation of the Donbass in the east of the country”.

Hundreds of people have died and millions are displaced as a result of the war in Ukraine.

When we talk about Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014 after the Revolution of Dignity, also known as Maidan. He had forced former pro-Russian Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych into exile.


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